EU proposes new approach to better support displaced people through its external action
EU News 145/2016
Brussels, 26 April 2016
The European Commission set out a new strategic vision today regarding how its external action can best support refugees and displaced people in long lasting crises. The aim of this new approach, outlined in the Communication "Lives in Dignity: from Aid–dependence to Self-reliance", is to prevent refugees and displaced people relying only on emergency humanitarian type assistance. It looks at ways to help them become more self-reliant in the countries where they reside.
The proposal comes as crises are becoming longer in their duration, with the Syrian crisis being a prime example as it has now entered its sixth year. Worldwide, there are more than 60 million people who have been displaced from their homes, sometimes for decades on end.
The policy framework highlighted in today's Communication will be a major part of the EU's contribution to the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) on 23-24 May 2016 and contribute to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.
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